The Enchanted Mirror
The young Snow Queen and her sister, the Summer Princess, live in an isolated Ice Palace. The Summer Princess longs to leave and begs the Snow Queen to use her enchanted mirror to show the future. Looking through the mirror, the Summer Princess can see herself, many years later, embracing a handsome stranger.
Unwilling to wait a moment longer, she decides she must leave to find her true love. The Snow Queen begs her to stay, but the Summer Princess disguises herself and flees, leaving the Snow Queen alone. The Snow Queen grows angry as she contemplates a life alone and, in her rage, she shatters her enchanted mirror and vows to bring her sister back to the Ice Palace.
A Busy Marketplace
The Summer Princess lives for many years among a group of bandits and is known to them as Lexi, a pickpocket. In the nearby town, one crisp winter’s day, handsome Kai proposes to his beloved Gerda and they become engaged. Watching on, Lexi recognises Kai as the stranger she saw in the mirror and waits for her moment to meet him.
Never one to miss an opportunity, Lexi works the crowd but gets caught in the act. Kai, feeling sorry for her, helps her avoid capture with an embrace. Gerda is rightfully suspicious of Lexi’s intentions.
A travelling circus arrives — acrobats, clowns, a strongman and a ballerina each take their turn as the Ringmaster gathers an audience.
As the crowd is entertained by the circus, the Snow Queen appears, freezing time. She begs her sister to return to the ice palace with her. Lexi refuses and the Snow Queen blows shards of glass from the enchanted mirror into Kai's eye, causing him to see all that is beautiful as ugly. He becomes mean and spiteful as the shards find their way to his heart, turning it to ice.
The Ringmaster performs a disappearing trick with Kai. The Snow Queen freezes time once more and Lexi witnesses her leading Kai away.
With the circus over and night falling, a worried Gerda is left alone with only Lexi to help her.